Israel to continue barring non-Muslim prayers on Temple Mount: Kerry
Israel has promised to maintain its policy that only Muslims are allowed to pray on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.
The announcement came after his meetings with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmud Abbas) in Amman to discuss the ongoing Palestinian wave of terror.
"Israel will continue to enforce its long-standing policy on religious worship … at the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, including the fundamental fact that it is Muslims who pray on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, and non-Muslims who visit," said Kerry.
He added that officials from Israel and the Waqf, which administers the Temple Mount, would hold talks on the reduction of tensions, and that both sides would carry out around-the-clock video surveillance of the sensitive area.
DEBKAfile: Saturday's talks are not expected to have any effect, mainly because neither King Abdullah nor Abu Mazen has influence on the Palestinian street, and as a result the wave of terror and rioting will continue.